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Royal Observatory Edinburgh

We were fortunate to catch a pre-sunset glimpse of Arthur’s Seat and Braid Hills this week, from the truly magical vantage point of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh on Blackford Hill. It is a privilege to be involved at this wonderful complex of scientific buildings, including the historic Main Observatory Building, the Astronomer’s House, the Gatehouse Lodge and the Villas Building,... (read more...)

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The Claypits, Glasgow

The Claypits is a recently completed project for Scottish Canals which is beginning to receive some recognition; gaining a Commendation in this year's Scottish Design Awards in the Public Realm and Landscape categories and winning a whole Pineapple Award for public space! (read more...)

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Inverness Castle Redevelopment - Next Steps

LDN Architects is delighted that the next step in the transformation of Inverness Castle is now underway with the appointment of Bancon Construction Ltd as the main Contractor. We are excited to get the project onto site and start bringing the spaces to life over the next few years, and look forward to working with our colleagues at Gardiner &... (read more...)

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Inverness Creative Academy - Redevelopment Project

Recently, we celebrated the completion of the second and final phase of the Inverness Creative Academy redevelopment project, in the heart of Inverness. Purpose-built as the original Inverness Royal Academy, in 1895, the building was later adapted to accommodate the University of the Highlands and Islands, before lying unoccupied for a number of years. (read more...)

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Argyll Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum opened by HM The Queen

We started working on both building and collection in 2017. The refurbished Argyll Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum was opened by HM The Queen last July. It's been a busy 5 years for LDN Architects, David Narro Associates, Harley Haddow, PLB Projects and Currie & Brown, working closely with Historic Environment Scotland, to provide this magnificent collection's home a much-needed upgrade.All... (read more...)

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2 New Partners!

LDN Architects is delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners in the Edinburgh studio, Ángel Morales-Aguilar and Emma Rose Berry. (read more...)

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V&A Dundee

Rod from our Forres office was lucky enough to be invited for a visit to the new V&A Dundee before it opened its doors to the public a couple of weeks ago. He wrote the following article about the building, which will be published in the November issue of the British Journal of General Practice. (read more...)

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Colin Ross

Everyone at LDN was deeply saddened by the passing of former partner, colleague and friend Colin Ross at the beginning of July. The following is taken from his obituary in The Scotsman, written by Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith and published on the 14th of July. (read more...)


Appleton Tower at the Schueco Excellence Awards

The Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation, in partnership with Architecture Today, were being announced yesterday at a special event at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Our recently completed project, Appleton Tower, for the University of Edinburgh, was on the shortlist so project partner Dermot Patterson and project architect Ross Crichton took a trip south for the occasion. (read more...)

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LDN Win RIBA National Award

We are absolutely over the moon to have had The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library & Archives recognised as one of the 49 best buildings in the UK as part of the RIBA Awards 2018. The RIBA Awards are highly prestigious, recognised internationally as a celebration of the best architecture in the British Isles. (read more...)

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RIAS Awards 2018

Last night we were in Glasgow for the 2018 RIAS Awards event. Three of our projects were shortlisted: McEwan Hall was shortlisted for the main awards while The Patrick Geddes Centre and Portsoy Sail Loft were shortlisted for the RIAS/HES Conservation and Climate Change Award. (read more...)

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Four RIBA Yorkshire Awards for Piece Hall

LDN attended the RIBA Yorkshire Awards ceremony last night in Leeds to represent our shortlisted project, the Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library & Archives. We had high hopes that the project, which has transformed and rejuvenated the centre of Halifax, would come away with an award but expectations were exceeded when it was presented with not one but four! (read more...)

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RICS Yorkshire & Humber Awards for Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library & Archives

At the RICS Yorkshire & Humber Awards ceremony on Friday 11th May, the Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library & Archives project was awarded the prize for Regeneration. The project was celebrated for restoring the 18th Century Cloth Hall to create "a vibrant new cultural and commercial centre that is attracting significant public and private sector funding and new businesses... (read more...)


RICS Scotland Awards 2018

LDN Architects were honoured to have four of our recently completed projects shortlisted in this year's RICS Scotland Awards: Portsoy Sail Loft in the Community Benefit and Conservation categories, McEwan Hall and the Patrick Geddes Centre in the Conservation category, and Appleton Tower in the Design Through Innovation category. (read more...)

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The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library & Archives Shortlisted for RIBA Yorkshire Award

The RIBA Yorkshire Awards Shortlist was published earlier today and LDN are thrilled that our work on The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library & Archives has been recognised by the RIBA. Huge congratulations are in order for Calderdale Council and everyone else we had the pleasure of working with in Halifax. (read more...)

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Shortlisted for the ASA Design Awards 2018

We are excited to be kicking off the 2018 architectural awards season with two of our projects being shortlisted for the Aberdeen Society of Architects Design Awards. The shortlist features only ten buildings selected from over thirty entries, and we are honoured to be among those in the running for an award with our sensitive restoration of Coldstone House and... (read more...)

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Portsoy and Cullen 2017

The past few days have seen LDN take a trip up to the Banffshire coast, to see completed projects the Cullen Sea School and Portsoy Bunk House (and spend a night or two in the latter). The trip formed a CPD event and provided an opportunity for some of us to see these projects in the flesh for the first time. (read more...)


Piece Hall Wins Heritage Angel Award

The winners of the Historic England Heritage Angel Awards were announced last night at a ceremony in London. We were delighted to see Claire Slattery from Calderdale Council win Best Rescue of a Historic Building for the Piece Hall in Halifax. Not only this but she went on to be awarded the Overall Winner Award for 2017, out of Heritage... (read more...)


Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2017

Last night LDN partner Tom Duff accompanied Paul and Hamish of the North East Scotland Preservation Trust to the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Our recently completed project, the Sail Loft in Portsoy – which we undertook for the NESPT – was shortlisted in the Best Rescue of a Historic Building category. (read more...)

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The Piece Hall Reopens

After a meticulous process of rejuvenation under LDN's leadership, the world-class Piece Hall in Halifax has opened its doors to the public again on Yorkshire Day 2017, ready to embrace its new role as an attractive and thriving town square and events venue surrounded by a range of high quality, distinctive attractions to draw local people and visitors from outside... (read more...)

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Knockando Wins Europa Nostra Award

Knockando Woolmill, whose renovation LDN completed in 2014, has added a coveted European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award to its collection of prizes. The Woolmill, located on the banks of the river Spey in Moray, is exceptional because it is the only working example of a small scale rural textile mill in Scotland, and has bee... (read more...)


Speirs Centre Awards

The Speirs Centre in Alloa has earned itself a collection of awards since its completion. It has recently been announced as winner of both the RIAS/Historic Scotland Award for Conservation and Climate Change and an EAA Ambassador Award. It was also responsible for securing a spot for LDN on the AJ120 list of the Best UK Practices, and shortlisted for... (read more...)

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IAA Awards 2014

The latest in a number of accolades for Knockando Woolmill was to be proclaimed winner of the Building Conservation category in the Inverness Architectural Association Awards. The award winners were announced at the IAA's biennial conference, held at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Skye last Friday. (read more...)

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Knockando Woolmill

LDN are delighted that our hard work restoring Knockando Woolmill on Speyside has been recognised with a number of awards. The project was nominated for a total of five RICS Awards, in the Community Benefit, Tourism and Leisure, Regeneration, Infrastructure, and Building Conservation categories. It won the Inverness Architectural Association Award for Building Conservation as well as the RIAS/Historic Scotland... (read more...)

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Abbotsford Wins Europa Nostra Award

Abbotsford, the world-famous house and gardens in the heart of the Scottish Borders, has been awarded the much sought-after European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award for its recent conservation project. The conservation and development work was all based on a Conservation Plan for the House prepared by a team of experts led by LDN. (read more...)

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RIAS Awards 2013

LDN Architects received an RIAS Award for The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock at last week’s award ceremony and has been shortlisted for the Doolan Prize. They also received a Highly Commended for The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh and The Abbotsford Visitor Reception Building. In addition to this Abbotsford won the Forestry Commission Special Prize and the Best Use of Wood Award. (read more...)

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The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

LDN Architects are delighted to announce that The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh won the Conservation and Regeneration Category at last nights Edinburgh Architectural Association’s Awards Ceremony and the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock achieved a Commendation for the Ambassador Award. (read more...)

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Lifetime achievement award

Congratulations to Sir James Dunbar-Nasmith, founding partner of LDN, who received a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland at the RIAS Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening in Glasgow. (read more...)

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